To Tall Houses
by Gianna Marino
Rabbit and Owl are friends living in two houses on top of a hill. Rabbit likes to grow vegetables while Owl likes to gaze at the forest. As Rabbit’s vegetables grow, they block Owl’s view of the forest. Owl decides to build his house taller, which blocks the sun from reaching the vegetables. Rabbit decides to build his house taller and plant vegetables on the roof. Both Owl and Rabbit keep constructing taller houses until they have the tallest houses in the world. A great wind blows both houses down so that Rabbit and Owl have nothing. From the mud and twigs they build one house to share with a vegetable garden.
Good friends learn a small but important lesson about friendship and competition.